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Shalom, ani Yana. Hi everybody! I’m Yana.
Welcome to HebrewPod101.com’s “Ivrit be-shalosh dakot”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hebrew.
In the last lesson, we learned the numbers from one to ten. Have you forgotten? Here I'll tell you again:
Ehad, shtaim, shalosh, arba, hamesh, shesh, sheva, shmone, tesha, eser!!!
Do you remember how to say your phone number?
And now let’s continue from eleven.
Ehad-esre
[slowly] Ehad-esre
shteim-esre.
[slowly] Shteim-esre.
Shlosh-esre.
[slowly] Shlosh-esre.
Arba-esre.
[slowly] Arba-esre.
Hamesh-esre.
[slowly] Hamesh-esre.
shesh-esre.
[slowly] Shesh-esre.
Shva-esre.
[slowly] .Shva-esre
Shmona-esre.
[slowly] Shmona-esre.
Tsha-esre.
[slowly] Tsha-esre.
And finally we have:
Esrim.
[slowly] Esrim!!
Okay, now repeat after me. I'll say the numbers and give you time to repeat each one.
11. Ehad-esre
12. Shteim-esre
13. Shlosh-esre
14. Arba-esre
15. Hamesh-esre
16. Shesh-esre
17. Shva-esre
18. Shmona-esre
19. Tsha-esre
20. Esrim!
These numbers may seem harder to remember, but you really just have to memorize slight changes in pronunciation of one to ten, and just add esre after numbers starting from ten.
Let’s not stop at 20! Counting from eleven to one hundred is super easy! Now I'll give you the tens:
Shloshim
Arbaim
Hamishim
Shishim
Shiv’im
Shmonim
Tish’im
Mea!
While you have to memorize a few of these numbers, there are a couple of tricks that will make memorizing them incredibly easy!
All the tens are basically the numbers 1-10 with slight changes, but always end up with im. For example;
Shalosh- is three, and Shlosh-im- is thirty!
[slowly] Shalosh- Shloshim
Lets take another example; Do you remember what hamesh is? Five!
So to make it fifty you change it to Hamishim.
[slowly] Hamesh- Hamishim
and Shmone? will make Shmonim!
[slowly] Shmone- Shmonim.
The last thing to learn today is how to form compound numbers above twenty. This is also super easy!
Take the tens and simply add the numbers you learned in the previous lesson. But! don’t forget to add ve- when you are making compound numbers over twenty!!. Ve- means “and”, so basically if you count twenty two, you say; esrim ve- shtaim. meaning- “twenty and two”.
It is very important so don’t forget that!!!
Let’s try it out.
How would you say “fifty-six” in Hebrew? Let’s take it step-by-step. "Fifty" is Hamishim, and then add the tiny ve- and "Shesh", six.
Hamishim ve-shesh! It’s done! Isn’t that easy?
Let’s make another number, for instance, "ninety-eight."
Take "ninety", Tish’im, add ve- and "eight", Shmone:
Tish’im ve- Shmone!
After only two lessons, you are now able to count to one hundred in Hebrew!
In the next lesson we are going to put your number knowledge to use! Do you have all the skills you need to go shopping in Israel? If not, I'll be waiting for you in our next Ivrit be-shalosh dakot lesson.
Lehitraot ve-ad ha-paam ha- baa!!

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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How high can you count in Hebrew?

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Sunday at 09:19 PM
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Shalom Ebrahim,


You are very welcome! 😇

If you have any questions, let us know. 😉


Kind regards,

Levente (לבנטה)

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Ebrahim Ghonaim
Friday at 11:42 PM
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thank you anna

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Monday at 07:32 PM
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Hi Maria,


Thanks for posting your question!


Generally, masculine plural nouns end in "im" and feminine plural nouns end in "ot", but - as you correctly suspected - there are exceptions.

Some masculine nouns that have "ot" in their plural forms are:

"חלונות", "שולחנות", "ארונות", "סולמות"...

Some feminine nouns that have "im" in their plural forms are:

"עיניים", "שפתיים", "ידיים"...


Happy to help :)


Roi

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Maria
Saturday at 07:58 AM
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I have an additional question but it's not related to the video lesson!

Do masculine plural nouns always end in "im" and do feminine plural nouns always end in "ot"? Are there any exceptions?

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Thursday at 06:40 PM
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Hi Maria,


Thanks for posting your questions!


1. Hyphen after "ve": No. As you suspected, the hyphen is just added in the romanization to signal that the "ve" part is a preposition and not an integral part of the word.


2. Using feminine or masculine numbers is used to count or refer to objects that have a gender (basically all objects in Hebrew). When we count trees, for example, which are masculine in Hebrew (עץ - עצים) we would count using the masculine systems. Same goes for the feminine numbers - for example when counting lamps (מנורה - מנורות).

Apart from that, when we count neutral numbers (say someone asks you - "can you count from 1 to 10 in Hebrew?") we use the feminine numbers as a default.


I hope this made it clearer now :) Please let us know may you have additional questions 👍


Sincerely,

Roi

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Maria
Saturday at 09:58 AM
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Another question!


When would you use the masculine form of numbers (as taught in the video lesson) and when would you use the feminine form of the numbers?

Maria
Saturday at 09:40 AM
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Hello!


Do you need to add the hyphen after "ve" in Hebrew? Or is the hyphen just there to help the viewer distinguish where it is?


Thanks!

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Saturday at 12:13 AM
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Hi Victoria and Isabel,


Thanks for posting your question!


Since Hebrew almost never uses apostrophes I'm guessing that you're referring to the romanization of the Hebrew words?


In this case, the apostrophe is used to distinguish the two syllables from each other. That means that the word "70" ( "שבעים" ) isn't pronounced "shivim", but rather "shiv - eem" - there is a slight cut between the "v" and the next vowel, the vowel is not on the V itself... Same goes for 90. (tish - eem)


Happy to assist !


Best,

Roi

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Victoria and Isabel
Monday at 01:51 AM
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Shalom, why does 70 and 90 have an apostrophe when they are written in Hebrew? 🤨 Thank you,Victoria and Isabel

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Saturday at 04:07 PM
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Hi Leszek Paul,


Thanks for posting on this!


Counting in Hebrew is done by using the feminine form, that's correct. That said, the tendency of many speakers is to use the masculine version for 1,11,21 and so on, as pronounced by Yana in this lesson.


In any case, I will forward this issue as I fully understand that it may be confusing and misleading.


Yours,

Roi

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